Tillamook Rock Light – OR

Watercolor… Tillamook Head. Building a lighthouse on the top of this massive basalt rock, over a mile out… off the rugged coast of Oregon was an audacious project from the get-go. In 1879, on the 3rd try, one of the two men attempting to survey this rock for suitability, was swept away and lost at sea. Undaunted, work started the following month… but in 1880 a nor’easter struck and swept away all of the laborers’ materials, provisions and shelter. The concrete, Tillamook Rock Lighthouse was completed and lit a year later in 1881. The keepers lived under terrible conditions… and those conditions got much worse during a storm. Nonetheless, the light served until 1957, when a red floating buoy replaced it, anchored one additional mile, farther out into the Pacific Ocean. The lighthouse was then sold to a private business, which gutted the place and attempted to store the ashes of the dead, in urns, for profit. I don’t know how that’s working out and currently the rock is uninhabited by the living. Tillamook Rock Lighthouse was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

Size of Painting: 9" x 12" ... a giclee print is 9x12" on 11x14" paper.

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